Modules

Core

Code Title Credits Phase Status Action
Code S-C1 Title Professional Foundations of Healthcare and Clinical Science Credits 20 Year Status Compulsory Action View
Code S-C2 Title Research Skills in Healthcare Science Credits 10 Year 2 Status Compulsory Action View
Code S-C3 Title STP Project Credits 60 Year 3 Status Compulsory Action View
Code S-C4 Title Individual Professional Development Credits 0 Year Status Compulsory Action View

Rotation

Information:

Each rotation should last 4 to 8 weeks in the workplace

Code Title Credits Phase Status Action
Code S-GC-R1 Title Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Genetic and Genomic Counselling Credits 10 Year 1 Status Compulsory Action View
Code S-GC-R2 Title Introduction to Genomics in Mainstream Healthcare and Social Care Credits 10 Year 1 Status Compulsory Action View
Code S-BG-R1 Title Introduction to Clinical Bioinformatics Genomics Credits 10 Year 1 Status Compulsory Action View
Code S-G-R1 Title Introduction to Genetics, Genomics and Molecular Science Credits 10 Year 1 Status Compulsory Action View

Specialist

Code Title Credits Phase Status Action
Code S-GC-S1 Title Counselling and Communication Skills for Genetic Counsellors Credits 10 Year 2 Status Compulsory Action View
Code S-GC-S2 Title Applied Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Care Credits 10 Year 2 Status Compulsory Action View
Code S-GC-S3 Title Advanced Counselling and Ethical Practice for Genetic Counsellors Credits 15 Year 3 Status Compulsory Action View
Code S-GC-S4 Title Applied Genomics and Bioinformatics in Advanced Clinical Care Credits 15 Year 3 Status Compulsory Action View

Programme specification

Details

Programme title
Genomics Sciences - Genomic Counselling
Division
Life Sciences
Normal length of programme
3 years
Outcome awards and professional eligibility

Successful candidates will be awarded:

  • MSc in Clinical Science (awarded by the relevant Higher Education Institute).
  • Certificate of Completion of the Scientist Training Programme (CCSTP). Awarded by the National School of Healthcare Science

Which provides eligibility to:

  • Apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist.
Total credits
180
Mode of study
Work-based with integrated part time MSc
Programme accredited by
The Health and Care Professions Council

Programme aim

To provide clinical scientist trainees with strong science-based, patient-centred clinical training in Genomics Sciences.

Programme level learning outcomes

Genomic Counselling

  1. Describe the contribution of genetics and genomics to disease and influence on options for patient management and treatment
  2. Employ advanced counselling and communication skills to facilitate psychosocial adjustment to a genomic diagnosis.
  3. Discuss options for genetic and genomic testing in a range of complex conditions and scenarios, supporting decision making for individuals, couples and families.
  4. Support families in the sharing of genetic and genomic information.
  5. Examine complex ethical situations in relation to genetic and genomic testing to facilitate management
  6. Practice in accordance with professional regulations for Genomic Counselling

Learning and teaching methods

  • Clinical Experiential Learning
  • Continuous assessment/feedback on progress and achievement throughout the work-based learning period.
  • Academic Study

Assessment methods

Workplace-based assessment documented in the electronic portfolio

  • Critical reflection on clinical experiences
  • Competency log
  • Direct Observation of Practical Skills (DOPS) – Assessment of competence in a practical procedure
  • Observed Clinical Event (OCE) – Assessment of a clinical encounter
  • Case-Based Discussion (CBD)
  • Multisource Feedback (MSF)

Academic Assessment as set by the Higher Education Institute

Endpoint Assessment

Programme structure

Each phase must be completed before starting the next phase.
The next phase can be started in the same year, e.g. phase 2 can be started in year 1 after completion of phase 1.
Phase 1 is to be completed in year 1, phase 2 is to be completed in year 2.

Phase Modules Credits
Throughout Professional Foundations of Healthcare and Clinical Science

Individual Professional Development

20

 

0

1 Rotation modules 40
2 Research Skills in Healthcare Science

Specialist module(s)

10

20

3 STP Project

Specialist module(s)

60

30

Total Credits 180

Entry routes and requirements

Entry routes In England there are two routes into the programme

  • Direct entry – Trainees are competitively appointed into a training post funded through the local Health Education England training board
  • In-service entry – Trainees enter the programme with the support of their employers.
Entry requirements For both entry routes, STP applicants must participate in the national recruitment/assessment process and meet the minimum entry requirements for the academic and work-based programme.
Programme regulations Attendance requirements:

Trainees are required to attend all sessions as specified.

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the threshold learning outcomes that a trainee is expected to achieve. The individual modules included in the programme may differ from those included in this programme specification as programmes are subject to continuous review. More detailed information on module-specific learning outcomes, learning and assessment methods is available in the relevant module specifications.  More detailed information on entry routes and requirements can be found on the NSHCS website.

Information on trainee support can be found on the NSHCS website.

Updated March 2022